Burning DVDs from TIVO should not be this hard…

I love TIVO..its one of the great tech innovations of the past 10 years.  I’ve had my TIVO wirelessly networked to our home computer network for a long time now, but only recently have I tried to burn my downloaded TIVO shows to DVDs.  This should be an easy task.  It is not (at least until you get all of the buggy software to work together).

Over the past week I have worked with both of the two leading DVD burning software packages in their "latest" incarnations – Roxio Media Create 8 and Nero Ultra 7.   I am using TIVO Desktop 2.2 software to download the shows from the TIVO unit.

Neither Roxio or Nero worked with TIVO out of the box without patches, etc…and I was never able to get Roxio to work with TIVO at all without using other 3rd-party tools.

After I frustrating week and wasting the price of the Roxio software, I’ve gotten Nero to work and will stick with them.

Lessons learned:

1.  Roxio Media Create 8 and Nero Ultra 7 cannot reside on the same machine..they have serious conflicts
2.  I was never able to get Roxio Media Create 8 to work with TIVO files at all, even though the box says that it will work with TIVO
3.  After Nero is fully patched, it will work with TIVO even though it does not advertise this fact
4.  Roxio does not seem to work with TIVO even after it is fully patched, even though it advertises that it DOES work.  The message boards are full of comments along these lines, so I know that I am not alone in this issue.
5.  Working with TIVO files has its own set of problems that are different from working with other media formats.

So, I dumped Roxio (which was my first choice) and am sticking with Nero.  Both products are buggy and dog slow (on my new Athlon 64 with plenty of HD space), but Nero seems to be less buggy and slow.  How’s that for an endorsement?   Why is making DVD burning software so hard?

About mattsanf

Matt Sanfilippo is the Chief Partnership Officer (CPO) for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Co-Director of its Engineering Research Accelerator. In this role, Matt coordinates and enables strategic and sponsored research opportunities across the college, and stewards the development of proposals for major research opportunities along strategic themes. Additionally, he enables collaboration among the college's research institute/center executive directors, and industrial and government relations personnel in the pursuit of opportunities with industry, federal and state governments. Before becoming CPO for the College, Matt was the Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives, the Executive Director of CMU's SII (Smart Infrastructure Institute) and ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems), and Associate Director of PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance) and RAMP (Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania). Before CMU, Matt was Managing Director of Applied Technology for Michael Baker Corporation, an engineering and energy services firm. Matt managed Baker's technology division including Geographic Information System (GIS), software and web development, multimedia, virtual reality, visualization, Global Positioning System (GPS), mapping and surveying services. Before joining Baker, Matt was an Innovation Director for Redleaf Group, a Venture Capital/Operating Company focused on information security, supply chain and mobility solutions. While at Redleaf, Matt managed technical due diligence for seed-stage investments and coordinated relationships between Redleaf and their partner companies. Prior to Redleaf, Matt was CIO of GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, an infrastructure engineering firm, and operations manager for their Internet start-up that focused on web-technologies for health and safety and manufacturing metrics. Matt is on the board of Larson Design Group (LDG), past Chairman of the Board for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, current board member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), current Vice President of the Sewickley Heights Gun Club (SHGC) and former member of the Information Sciences and Technology Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University Beaver. Matt is also former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals and former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Baker Combined Charity of Pennsylvania.

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